Video – February 8, 2021, Bison in Pond
Thank you for joining me for my blog on Sunday, February 7, 2021. I appreciate your time and your interest in the progress of individual paintings. This is the first time I am at a loss for words in naming these two bison paintings. I usually have something in mind, normally after a song, but not this time. If any of you have any suggestions, I would really appreciate it. At first, I thought I would name the painting on the right “Shedding an Itchy Winter Coat” and maybe the one on the left, “A Calf’s New Adventure”. However, I don’t think that is quite it. A little help from my friends here would be greatly appreciated.
These two paintings were really quite a challenge. I put them away for a week or two and I was so surprised that I had overlooked obvious features of the water surrounding the bison cow and calf (painting on the left). I had not highlighted the lighter parts of the water to show that the water should be somewhat “billowy” due to the slight movement of the two animals. It looks rather still or stiff in this video.
I am always amazed when I work and work and work on a painting, and then be totally surprised to be caught off guard with something about the painting to me that should have been so in my face. I will fix the painting and then show you how it should have looked in my next blog. I still contend that a painting is never really finished. Sometimes, as an artist, I don’t know when to quit. You always run the gamble of overworking a painting to where it is no longer breathing when all it really needed was a touch here or a brush stroke there, etc., etc. I’m looking forward to showing you the end result and I hope I don’t have any more surprises - only happy results.